The UK supermajor shut in the Baku-Supsa oil pipeline and the gas pipeline to Turkey early on Tuesday because of the military conflict in Georgia.

BP has reopened the gas pipeline, which turns south towards Turkey just west of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi but it is keeping the oil pipeline which continues west to Supsa closed.

US President George W. Bush said yesterday he was concerned about reports that Russian forces were blocking access to the port of Poti and blowing up Georgian vessels.