SOURCE: Franklin Mining, Inc.

February 28, 2007 08:30 ET

Franklin Announces GTL Plant in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Agreement Is for Development and Operation of First GTL Facility of This Size in South America

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 28, 2007 -- Franklin Mining, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: FMNJ) President Jaime Melgarejo, Jr. has returned from Argentina where he and an engineer visited possible construction sites for a gas-to-liquid (GTL) facility to be constructed in the Province of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. William Petty has traveled to Zurich, Switzerland to secure necessary financing.

Franklin Oil & Gas, Argentina, S.A, was formed in December 2006 as the first step toward fulfillment of an agreement for the construction and operation of a 10,000 barrel-per-day GTL processing facility. The agreement, signed by Hugo Cocarro, Governor of Tierra del Fuego, is accompanied by a 25 year guarantee of the required natural gas resource issued to Franklin Oil & Gas, Argentina S.A. on November 16, 2006 by Cristian A. Folgar, Argentina's National Undersecretary of Fuels.

Announcement of Franklin Oil & Gas' contract comes three weeks following Royal Dutch Shell Plc's cornerstone ceremony at the site of their Pearl GTL facility in Qatar.

Franklin's development and production agreement with Argentina -- similar to agreements reached by major oil companies in other countries, including Shell in Qatar -- will result in the first such facility of this size in South America.

When fully operational, Argentina's Tierra del Fuego Province will begin using an existing abundant natural resource (natural gas) to gradually achieve energy independence while creating local economic growth through reduced energy costs and increased export revenues. Long term benefits include production and export of additional energy resources including naphtha and electricity. Benefit to local, Province and National governments include taxes and royalties as well as participating in production profits.

During the next thirty months (the planning and construction phases), development and construction of the GTL plant will have created 400 direct and 2300 indirect jobs. Operating the plant will create 140 direct and 500 indirect permanent jobs.

Additional information on Franklin Mining, Inc.'s GTL projects in Bolivia and Argentina is available at

About Franklin Mining, Inc.: Franklin Mining, Inc. has mining and exploration interests in the United States, Argentina and Bolivia; Franklin Mining, Bolivia S.A. is a wholly owned subsidiary. Franklin Mining, Inc. holds 51% ownership in both Franklin Oil & Gas, Bolivia S.A. and Franklin Oil & Gas, Argentina S.A.

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