The World's Top 5 Most Expensive Oil, Gas Cities

As international oil and gas companies increasingly pursue hydrocarbons in frontier regions, the effect of investing billions of dollars into the developing countries where these energy resources are located has contributed to making places that were once regarded as backwaters, or even "Third World", very expensive places to live.

While natives to a particular country can rely on local knowledge to keep their own living costs down, expatriates – especially with a taste for comforts from back home – are finding that certain African cities are among the most expensive places in the world to rent accommodation or even to buy a pair of jeans.

Here Rigzone looks at lists produced by consultancy firms ECA International and Mercer of the world's most-expensive cities for expatriate workers to identify the most expensive oil and gas towns. Some of the results are quite a surprise:

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