Israel’s Delek Drilling, the largest partner in the country’s 23tcf Leviathan field with 45.3%, says that work on a “turboexpander system” to enable full Phase-1 capacity of 1.2bn cfd to be hit is now “expected to finish during Q4 2020, subject to the receipt of the regulatory approvals from the Ministry of Energy.” The firm previously indicated that work would be complete in August (MEES, 31 July). Current Leviathan output capacity is 940mn cfd, Delek says in its 2Q report, released 21 August. Given that key offtaker Dolphinus of Egypt is currently taking well below 350mn cfd contractual volumes (MEES, 31 July) “the above updated timetables are not expected to have an effect on the Leviathan reservoir sales forecast for 2020,” Delek adds. US major Chevron will become operator of Leviathan as part of its $5bn takeover of current operator Noble Energy (MEES, 24 July).