SOURCE: Franklin Mining, Inc.

April 12, 2007 11:47 ET

Franklin Mining, Inc. & GDR Privée Arrange $470 Million Debt Financing

Franklin Oil & Gas, Argentina, S.A. Will Use Proceeds to Construct Tierra del Fuego GTL Plant

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2007 -- Franklin Mining, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: FMNJ) announces that a debt financing arrangement is being negotiated to provide for the design and construction cost of a 10,000 barrel-per-day gas-to-liquid (GTL) processing facility in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. These arrangements will provide debt financing in an amount not to exceed the project's anticipated $470 USD million budget.

GDR Privée, a New York investment bank with a specialization in debt and asset based financing, is presently negotiating terms and conditions of the financing with third-party institutional lenders. Under Argentina's industrial laws act, the financing is to be structured as a debt instrument secured by product sales contracts and agreements signed by Hugo Cocarro, Governor of Tierra del Fuego, and a 25-year guarantee for the required natural gas resource issued to Franklin Oil & Gas, Argentina S.A. by Cristian A. Folgar, Argentina's National Undersecretary of Fuels.

The financing's closing and first draw is expected to take place following acceptance of a final feasibility study. Franklin Mining, Inc.'s President Jaime Melgarejo, Jr., is presently in Argentina meeting with local natural gas producers and other partners prior to preparing the final feasibility study.

In discussing today's news, Mr. Melgarejo concluded, "Franklin Mining is pleased to report that GDR Privée has reached this stage in negotiating our financing. When finalized, these funds will enable us to immediately move forward on one of the most exciting new energy projects in South America."

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. Additional company information is available at

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