Seeking to become an energy producer, the Middle Eastern country is exploring for natural gas in the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. A new licensing round will open up 136 blocks in the Arctic Barents Sea. Because the greenfield can use existing infrastructure, the Norwegian operator says it will count as a low-carbon development. The first of three major unconventional developments in Saudi Arabia has been given the green light. The project will underpin the country's goal to become a top gas exporter by 2030.